David Chang has a new landlord
The East Village building that houses the original Momofuku Noodle Bar has sold for $14 million, along with the one next door. It’s an unusually high number per square foot, but the Miami investor who bought the properties reportedly wanted to get into New York City real estate. Four full-floor apartments reside above, and if renovated, could fetch a lot of money, with one of them predicted as being able to get $10,000 a month.
But not to worry — Noodle Bar owner David Chang signed a 10-year lease in 2015, so the pork buns and bacon ramen are safe, at least for now. This location of Noodle Bar is the restaurant that propelled Chang to fame, spawning a career that now includes dozens of worldwide restaurants, several food shows, a podcast, merchandise, and more. There are now other outposts, including one in Time Warner Center.
In other news
— Critically acclaimed affordable West Village sushi spot Nami Nori is now serving a $19 weekday lunch set, with edamame, miso soup or a salad, and four temaki hand rolls, a rep tells Eater.
— Jewish bakery Zaro is teaming up with trendy NYC restaurants for a challah series that runs weekly through mid-February. Collaborations kick off this week with an everything challah from an Israeli cookbook author, while others include a scallion and fried shallot version from Win Son, a chocolate challah from Jacques Torres, and a coffee and quinoa challah from Llamita. The full schedule is here.
— The Japanese government has honored big-deal East Village restaurateur Bon Yagi — who owns restaurants like Sakagura, Hasaki, Cha-an Teahouse, Sake Bar Decible, Rai Rai Ken, and Hi-Collar — with the Order of the Rising Sun, “for his outstanding contributions to promoting Japanese cuisine in the United States,” according to a release. The award is given out for “distinguished achievements in ... the promotion of Japanese culture,” among other things.
— Police are looking for a burglar who stole more than $1,700 in cash, nine tablets, and three bottles of liquor from 13 Manhattan restaurants over the last two weeks.
— A delivery man was reportedly robbed of his bike at gunpoint on Saturday.
— This year, Per Se chef Thomas Keller is gifting items like his own chocolate bar and a burger and fries at his TAK Room for the holidays.
— No judgment:
i respect and i admire your gorgeous charcuterie boards but my culture is you take a block of cheddar cheese and a box of wheat thins and you eat the whole thing off a plastic cutting board w/ out breathing— steph mccann (@steph_mcca) November 29, 2019
Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.